Brian Stelter covering the just-launched Al Jazeera America:
“Viewers will see a news channel unlike the others, as our programming proves Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, the channel’s acting chief executive, on a news conference call last week. He was explicit about what will be different, saying, “There will be less opinion, less yelling and fewer celebrity sightings.”
Sounds refreshing, but I wonder if that’s what viewers really want. I’m reminded of the line about Netflix streaming, “A lot of people tell us they often watch foreign movies or documentaries. But in practice, that doesn’t happen very much.” Fox News is the way it is for a reason.
Giving the viewers what they want is the reason the cesspool of bias and misinformation that Fox News passes off as “journalism” exists in the first place.
I don’t care what the sheep want.
I want news that’s actual fact.
Come to me, Al-Jazeera. I await your refreshingly accurate reporting with great excitement.